As you know there have been two microphones that I’ve recommenced for the last two years.
For people on a budget and are just getting started, I have recommended the Behringer XM 8500 ($20 on Amazon).
For people who have a little more to invest and would like that high quality FM radio sound, I’ve recommended the Heil PR-40. It’s going to cost a little over $300 on Amazon, but for the sound quality you just can’t beat it.
Fortunately, I’ve found a microphone that comes close to matching the PR-40’s sound quality at a fraction of the cost.
It’s the Audio-Technica ATR2100, and I really like it.
A couple of weeks ago, one of my guests Ellory Wells mentioned this mic as an inexpensive option that a friend of his uses for podcasting on the go.
After the interview, I went over to Amazon and checked it out. It currently has 254 reviews, with 208 of those being 4 and 5 stars, so I ordered it. For $60, I was expecting something to rival the XM 8500 that I’ve used for years for podcasting away from my office setup.
This microphone did not disappoint. I found it to even be a few steps above Behringer.
I did a recent sound test between all 3 mics and if you listen with headphones, you can definitely hear the difference.
There are other reasons I’m a fan of this mic though. One of the biggest is that it’s a duel purpose microphone. Not only can I plug an XLR cable into it and record through my Zoom H4N, but I can also hook a USB cable into it as well and use it to record screen cast videos and tutorials.
The sound that I get from using it as a USB mic for screencast recordings is better than any headset mic that I’ve used; and I’ve used some good ones (like the Sennheiser PC 151).
So if you’re looking for a great microphone and are just getting started podcasting, I will now be recommending this mic to people who are on a budget.
As much as I still love the Behringer XM-8500, the ATR-2100 offers better sound, and gives you more options and accessories for the money you are spending.